London is conveniently and strategically located midway between Toronto and Detroit. It is famously called the “Forest City” and considered the economic, cultural and educational hub of Southwestern Ontario (see www.startlondoncanada.com and www.ledc.com/why-london). The city features Museum London, a showcase for regional art and historical artefacts, and an interactive Children’s Museum. The city centre is enriched with numerous parks and greenways along the Thames River. Lake Huron and Lake Erie are within close driving distance from London and provide easy access to spectacular beaches and various outdoor activities. Stratford and its world-class theatre (www.stratfordfestival.ca/) are also a short drive away. 

Founded in 1878, Western University (aka. The University of Western Ontario) is one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities. It is home to “Canada’s most beautiful campus” and offers a desirable student life. More than 1,400 full-time faculty members, 2,400 staff members, 23,000 undergraduate students, 5,000 graduate students and 300 postdoctoral scholars, among others, call Western University their home. Western has a rich history of discovery and innovation in key areas related to human health, including but not limited to infection and immunity, inflammation, diabetes, neuroscience, cancer immunology, and transplantation. 

Established in 1939, the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Western (www.schulich.uwo.ca/microbiologyandimmunology/) boasts a long tradition of excellence in biomedical research and education at undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels. Many faculty members of the Department are supported by national and international funding agencies. They are known for their individual and collective expertise in innate and adaptive immunity to bacterial and viral pathogens, microbial pathogenesis and immune evasion, vaccine design, cancer immunology, transplantation immunology, autoimmunity, neuroinflammation, allergy, septic and toxic shock, microbiome studies and probiotics among other areas of strength. Various core facilities, including a state-of-the-art, PHAC-certified level 2+/3 containment laboratory featuring advanced imaging equipment (www.schulich.uwo.ca/impakt/), support the research conducted by faculty members of the Department and their collaborators.